Pachelbel: Complete Keyboard Music

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Pachelbel: Complete Keyboard Music
Simone Stella (harpsichord & organ)

[ Brilliant Classics / 13 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Tuesday 1 January 2019

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During his lifetime, Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) was best known as an organ composer. He wrote more than two hundred pieces for the instrument, both liturgical and secular, and explored most of the genres that existed at the time. He is considered to be the apex of the 17th century's south German organ school and generally one of the most important composers of the middle Baroque.

His sphere of activity included central and southern Germany (modern Bavaria, Thuringia and Stuttgart), as well as important formative years in Vienna in his early 20s, during which he absorbed the Habsburg Empire's dominant Italian and south German influences. The southern organ-builders' emphasis on manual divisions is also apparent in much of Pachelbel's liturgical organ music, which is relatively simple and written for manuals only.

With this 13-disc set covering Pachelbel's pivotal contributions to the chorale prelude, fugue and variation forms, internationally acclaimed organist Simone Stella adds another milestone to his already prolific discography of baroque keyboard music surveys on Brilliant Classics (Dieterich Buxtehude, BC94312 4CD & BC94422 6CD; Georg Böhm, BC94612 4CD; Johann Adam Reincken, BC94606 3CD; Johann Gottfried Walther, BC94730 12CD; Johann Jakob Froberger, BC94740 16CD).

"the organ used here has much greater possibilities in variety of tonal colours, and Stella uses it to fine effect in the many fugues and chorale variations - the music needs it. Pachelbel's technique for toccatas is also consistent; based on pedal notes, the keyboard figurations of parallel 3rds, 6ths and 10ths predominate. Although not difficult to improvise, Pachelbel is always surprising in his modulatory shifts and textural changes." Choir & Organ